"Estimates vary, but generally it is believed that there are 100
to 500 Linux viruses out there. The tiny number of Linux viruses
that do exist have never resulted in a significant outbreak. In
comparison to the plethora of viruses and worms in Windows-based
platforms, the volume of Linux viruses is insignificant. So this
leads us to two questions: why are there so few Linux viruses and
are Linux anti-virus tools necessary?
"The answer to the first question has a lot to do with the
differences between Linux and Windows desktops. Linux hosts are an
unwelcoming environment for a virus because the multi-user access
controlled model makes traditional virus propagation methods
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